In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the former Massachusetts senator bizarrely responded to Twitter trolls and tweeted out an ugly typo.
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown isn't normally the most colorful character on Twitter. In a landscape filled with outspoken and sometimes controversial public figures, Brown typically reins in his emotions and keeps his tweets fairly simple — rooting for the New England Patriots and talking about his family.
That changed this weekend.
On his verified Twitter account early Saturday morning, the former GOP senator from Massachusetts left a series of barely comprehensible, passive-aggressive tweets in response to what are believed to be critical comments directed toward him. Brown deleted the exchanges soon after, but, as is typical when a public figure lashes out on social media, the messages have been saved for posterity.
After snidely telling a user with the handle @MattinSomerville that he was "brilliant," Brown responded to another criticism by saying "whatever" to that tweeter.
Then, in what many are calling his tour de force, Brown barked, "Bqhatevwr."
The misspelling became an internet sensation overnight, giving rise to hundreds of sneering responses, dozens of memes and a trending topic on Twitter that night that lasted well into Saturday.
“Ask not what #Bqhatevwr can do for you; ask what you can do for #Bqhatevwr," user @Bobblespeakchimed in.
Brown is well-known for his personal touch on social media, opting to tap the keys himself instead of outsourcing his personal account to a staffer. The former senator often tweets about his support for Boston sports teams and the mundane travails of his life, including short anecdotes about where he and his wife eat breakfast or how Brown feels about cleaning his garage.
Brown, who lost his bid for a second term in the Senate to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November, has yet to announce if he'll vie for John Kerry's vacated seat when Kerry replaces Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Kerry is expected to be confirmed as secretary by the Senate.
Should he run again, Brown would be joined in the special election by Massachusetts Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey.
Republican strategist Brad Marston told the Boston Herald that while he wouldn't have told Brown to delete the tweets, he doesn't think they'll damage the former senator's image.
“People are having a lot of fun with it, but this is something that will blow over," he told the Herald. "It’s not Weinergate,” he added, referring to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who blasted out a tweet of himself in his underwear.
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